Selfies 101: Everything You Need to Know to Take the Best Self-Snap

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Like Rihanna and Beyonce, we've all fallen prey to the selfie phenomenon, but before you click and (more importantly) send, follow this expert advice on how to look your best. Chris Schoenbohm, co-founder of the app Viewfinder, advises shooting at eye level or above for portraits. Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel, a facial plastic surgeon recommends "smiling with your eyes" -- or "smize" as Tyra Banks once put it. "A fake smile is just your mouth. A true smile is when your whole face is laughing," says Spiegel. "Think about sending energy to your eyes or smiling with your eyes, and your beauty will shine into the photograph." And if your hair often looks flat in photos, never fear, your styling skills aren't to blame. Photographer Patrick McMullan adds, "The camera tends to shrink hair in photos." To compensate, dig your fingers into your crown to scrunch hair, or flip your whole head upside down right before the shot. This classic model trick makes hair look thicker and less static (goodbye, helmet head). And of course—no duck lips!

Plus, click the box below for tips on always looking good in pictures.

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